June 15, 2009

I want to hold you in the bible-black predawn

I saw modern Chicago soul group JC Brooks And The Uptown Sound at the Numero Group’s Eccentric Soul Revue in April, and these young guys added a fiery verve of new sound amongst the vanguards and legends performing that night. I thought they had immense charisma live.

The Chicago Tribune recently called these guys “the real deal,” and the band says by means of self-description: “For us, it’s a little like, ‘What would it sound like if Otis Redding fronted the Stooges?‘”

A friend sent me this incredible cover from a few weeks ago at the Do Division Street Fest in Chicago, where the Uptown Sound played the mainstage alongside acts like Viva Voce, Handsome Furs, and White Rabbits.

All infused with shiny horns and a groove where I never thought I’d hear one, this song makes a freaking fantastic barnburning soul tune.



  • Very nice! Reminds me a lot of Black Joe Lewis.

    Ryan — June 16, 2009 @ 6:04 am

  • That was cool.

    Justin — June 16, 2009 @ 7:16 am

  • Thanks.

    By the way, Syl Johnson performed a few songs with Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings at the Chicago Blues Festival on Sunday night. There was much thrusting. The young girls standing next to me didn’t know whether to crack up or be creeped out. Ever the jaded oldster, I had seen it all before, from much, much closer…

    Dave Lifton — June 16, 2009 @ 8:13 am

  • Ooh, they’re playing here in Minneapolis Saturday night!

    Sharyn — June 16, 2009 @ 8:58 am

  • Nice! I just saw Wilco perform this last night in OKC.

    J — June 16, 2009 @ 12:12 pm

  • Great find, H! And even some Theologians lyrics thrown in for good (chicago) measure.

    mcusa — June 16, 2009 @ 1:31 pm

  • yeah yeah yeah yeah baby baby baby baby

    rmw — June 16, 2009 @ 1:59 pm

  • HolyChrist in a bucket of crosses! That’s awesome

    WhiskeyT — June 23, 2009 @ 11:02 pm

  • They are finally releasing this on March 2

    Mike — February 24, 2010 @ 3:11 pm

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